New Wireless Speaker Takes Pocket-Portable Sound to the Next Level
Soundmatters, a leader in high-quality, portable speakers, announced its entry-level aptX Bluetooth-equipped model, the foxLv2 aptX. Based on the foxLv2, the gold standard in hi-fi portable speakers (Time Magazine’s “Top Ten Gadget of the Year”) the foxLv2 aptX takes go-anywhere music to a new level with CSR aptX’s advanced streamed Bluetooth technology for wireless CD-quality music and improved sound/picture sync for movies and gaming available with aptX-equipped devices (e.g., the latest Samsung smartphones, tablets, and Apple computers). The foxLv2 aptX entry-level model joins Soundmatters’s high-end aptX-equipped foxLv2 PLATINUM, named 2012 Best of CES Finalist by the International Bluetooth Consortium.
The foxLv2 aptX costs $199 (the same price as the foxLv2 Bluetooth model). It is small at 5.6” wide × 2.2” high × 1.4” deep, with up to 12 h (or more) of rechargeable battery-time. It features a full range of audio output, from 80 Hz to 20 kHz with real bass, which is great for Bluetooth music streaming.
The model comes with the portable speaker, a rechargeable built-in woofer/battery, a universal AC power charger, four international charger adapters (for US, Japan, Europe/China, UK/HK, and AU/NZ), a USB computer charging cable, a stereo 3.5-mm audio cable, a wrist strap, a travel pouch, an anti-slip mat, and a manual. Soundmatters also provides a wired version of foxLv2 for $149. Visit www.soundmatters.com for more information.
New Kit updates Power Amplifier Assemblies
Updatemydynaco now offers kits that make the Stereo 120 power amp and PAT-4 preamp better than new for Dynaco’s solid-state audiophiles.
For the Stereo 120, Updatemydynaco makes low-noise, low-distortion replacement kits for the original power amplifier assemblies. It also makes a power supply replacement module that has lower output impedance, lower noise, and a more accurate output voltage. Super heatsinks are available to increase the power the amp can deliver. Replacement capacitors for the power supply and speaker coupling completes the electrical side of the Stereo 120 renewal. In addition, it offers mechanical parts, input connectors, and mounting feet that drop right in.
For the PAT-4 preamp, Updatemy-dynaco offers a distortion reduction kit that reduces high-level stage distortion by a factor of 10, and a tone-control-defeat kit that replaces the high-cut filter. The current offering is rounded out by the Blue Light Kit, a novel array of blue LEDs that drops into the space of an NE-2 lamp, changing the power indicator illumination from orange to blue. Visit www.updatemydynaco.com for more information.
The Verb Deluxe – Reverb Pedal Kit
The Verb Deluxe kit, new from MODTM Kits DIY, is built around the Belton Digi-Log Mini Module. Its features include both Dwell and Mix controls, enabling the dry signal to be blended with the processed signal from just a hint of reverb to deep, cavernous echoes. The Dwell control adds extra flexibility, providing a full palette of reverb sound.
MODTM Kits are designed to give novice and experienced musicians the opportunity to build their own amps and effects pedals. All kits come with easy-to-follow instructions and use point-to-point wiring. A pre-drilled enclosure and all necessary parts are included. All you need to provide are hand tools, a soldering iron, and solder. The effect pedal operates on a 9-V battery. For a longer lasting option, a 9-V adapter can be purchased separately. For a complete listing of MODTM Kits’s DIY kits, visit www.modkitsdiy.com.
Wolfson Microelectronics Offers New DAC and Audio Transceiver
Wolfson Microelectronics announced that its WM8740 high-performance digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and its WM8804 S/PDIF audio transceiver provide outstanding hi-fi audio for Iriver’s best-selling Astell & Kern AK100 portable audio system, which delivers the ultimate portable hi-fi audio experience.